The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 17, 1941 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, January 17, 1941
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS TMS! nOMTMAMT Ml? \\io\i A Mem J-\TI », ^r-,,..» 11 . „ r*..... . "^^ ^^••^^B • m ^^^,^ THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST, ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOLUME XXXVII—NO. 259. Blytheville Daily News Blytheville Courier Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Leader HLYTHEVILLI3, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 194 KNOX PLEADS SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS RIF SETS HUES IN HEN (HIM Bombers Harass Wilhelmshaven In Second Consecutive Night Attack Got Your Ticket? LONDON, Jan. 17 (UP)—British bomber plane pilous, returning to their attack on Germany's great naval base and. port at Wllhelm- shaven during the night, caused many fires, especially au the railroad station and in ihe oil storage tank, area, the air ministry said today. The British planes fought dangerous weitlier. so cold that pilots had to watch for ice formations on the wings, as they made then- second straight night attack on Wilhelmshaven, perhaps Germany's biggest submarine base. Because of the weather, the raid wa son g smaller scaie than that of the previous night, bin, the air ministry said it was highly successful. Fires Spread "Aircraft first on the scene caused many fires,' it said in a com- munique. "Later arrivals reported that these had reached very large proportions, especially at the railroad station and in the area where oil tanks are situated." There was no mention of unofficial reports that the planes dropped bombs for hours into fires they had started the night before, when they attacked military targets, including the submarine base, for four hours before midnight and one .hour between 5 and 6 A. M. In a brief preliminary statement the air ministry had said that the raid was a concentrated one, one of the new sort in which tons of bombs are dropped repeatedly on a small 1 -target area. It was the fourth British raid on .... J^ilheimshavieir- in eight- days--and there was every indication that the raids were on an unusually large scale. Hit Military Objectives Last night, it was understood, TO BRITAIN President historic third inauguration ur e the hundreds of seats pictured above platform ai right is lor news photographers. rtatwo Friends Gather For Final! Tribute To Local Man Killed In Auto Crash Many friends from throughout Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri paid then- final respects at 1:30 p.m. today to Hugh P. Harbert, sr.. at funeral services in the home ol the Blytheville automobile equipment agency head who was. killed instantly early Wednesday in a head-on automobile„ collision on Highway 61. " Services were conducted. 05* Rev. £. 'B. -Williams, pastor of 'the" First Methodist church, .and George W. Patterson, First Christian church minister. Cobb Funeral Home was in charge. the British long range bombers . Illter ™ nt was at Hayti, Mo., again concentrated on key military \ and naval objectives. Aviation quarters expressed conviction that the weight of metal rained on Wilhelmshaven targets in the two most recent raids^ made it almost certain that it would be months before docks and ship building yards could be restored' to full operation. Aviation quarters said also chat that a Berlin radio announcer had said yesterday: •'Chiirchill should take notice Harbert was born in and lived for many years before enlisting- lor army duty July 31,- 1917. at Caruthmville, two months after the United -States entered the World War. The Dud Cason post of the American Legion in Blytheville conducted graveside services for their brother Legionnaire, who saw action on four major battlefronl'i the success of Wednesday "night's Defore belng discharged May 9, raid might be gauged by the fact 1919 ' al -Camp Puwstcn. Kans. He was at the Wesserling sector from July 2U-3ept. 1, 1913; St. Mihiel, Sept. 12-16: Argonne, Sept. 26- thal this will be revenged manv I °. CL ~' and Verdun - N°v- 6-11. fold by die. German air force.' Concentrated attacks on Wilhelmshaven are part o fthe Royal Air Force plan to shatter submarine bases. Weeks ago. the Royal Air Force quietly shifted its maximum attention from invasion ports as! such to submarine bases, including those at invasion ports. Some, observers here' were hT~ creasingly inclined to connect a sharp decline in British shipping losses with British attacks on' submarine bases, though admiralty of- licials always warn that over- optimism Ls not justified by Isolated reports of declining losses because the U-boats attack in fleets and go home to get ready for another foray. Stock Prices AT&T 167 1-2 Am Tobacco 72 Anaconda Copper 25 5-8 Bethlehem Steel 84 1-2 Chrysler 68 1-8 Cities Service 47-8 Coca Cola 1041-8 General Electric 34 1-8 General Motors 45 3-4 Int Harvester 51 1-4 Montgomery Ward 33 N Y Central ;, 14 i-g' North Am Aviation IS 1-4 Packard 3 1-S Phillip, 1 ; 37 ' Radio 45-8 Republic Steel 201-4 •Sccony Vacuum 9 Sttidebaker 73-4 Standard Oil N J * 34 3-4 Texas Corp 37 3-8 U S Steel 65 7-8 Harbert served with the 139th Infantry, a headquarters company. After the war Harbert went to Oklahoma and Texas, engaging i:i the real estate business • for several years before returning to this section five years ago and opening a general mercantile in Blythevilie. Two years ago he became • asso- c^ated with Ozbtirn-A;bston automobile equipment co. as agency' head for this territory. Harbert died instantly of n 'broken neck Wednesday morning at 7:45 o'clock when his automobile struck one driven by Dorothy McMurtry. 20-year-old Kress' store employe, who with her brother. Milton, 15, was leaving the driveway of their home to come to Blytheville. The accident occurred about three miles south on Highway 61 near'th ehome of Mr. and Mrs. Lee McMurtry, parents of ihe injured boy and girl. Survivors include Mrs. Harbert; one son, Hugh, jr.; a sister, Mrs. Harry Wharff, Pontiac, Mich., and two aunts, Mrs. Fred Morgan and Bomber Is Believed To Be^ost TAC'OMA, Wash., Jan. 17. (UP) —Planes were expected to take off from four air fields today to hunt a twin-motored army bomber, believed to have crashed with seven men aboard , in the snow-swept mountains. The B-18-A Douglas bomber, left McChord Field, Tacoma. at 10:20 a.m., PST, yesterday for bombing practice in Muro*c Dry- Lake in -Southern California. It had gasoline for a seven-hour flight and has not been reported jince. ^Officials of Portland airport said it was '''almost'''ceVt'aifl'^,h:e ; plan'e had crashed." An officer at March Field, Calif., said he believed the plane was down in the mountains above Shasta in extreme Northern California, ad Col. William H Crom, commander of McChord Field, said "it locks pretty unfavorable." Ail-ports, police and army bases along the entire ' Pacific Coast looked for the bomber 'throughout^ the night. They were unable to contact it by radio. A blizzard raged in the Siskiyou Mountains along the Oregon-California line/! At Portland, it was raining heavily. Planes were expected to v take off from Portland, Ore.; Medford, Ore.; Tacoma, and Sacramento, Calif., at dawn to search for it. ' Aboard the bomber were:" First Lieut. R. M. Krwnmes of Boise, Ida., pilot; Second Lieut. C. T. Neilsen, co-pilot; Second Lieut. J. P. Gcis, navigator; First Lieut. L. E. Mackay, passenger; Sgt. H. A. Davis, technical engineer; L. H. Nettling, radio operator, and P. L. Mau.s. bombardier. J. W. Whistle Succum Late Yesterday; Services To Be Saturday John Wellington Whistle, 79- year-old retired Dell merchant died at 5 p. m. Thursday in Walls hospital. Funeral services will be held Mrs. T. S. Ravesstein" both of! Saturday at 10 a. m. near Dell ai th home of a son. W. A, Whistle, under direction of Cobb F«- 3oth House And Senate eceive GI ovefhors R Highway Measure Today LITTLE ROCK, Jan. 17 (UPJ- fovernor Adkins' bond refunding legislation was introduced simultaneously in both the house and senate today. After the first and second- readings of the bill in both houses, the measure was referred to a joint refunding committee for public hearings next week. The measure, calling for the.•.•refunding of approximately $138.000;-. JOO. would be under the direction of the governor, lieutenant governor, state treasurer, secretary of state, state auditor, attorney general, state bank commissioner and i committee of 24 citizens to be named by the governor. The board thus composed would be authorized to issue negotiable state highway refunding bonds. The proceeds would be used to re- are outstanding issues. Full Docket Awaits Disposition At Two Weeks Session In Blytheville The Civil Division of Circuit Court will convene in Monday with Judge a. ft. Keck. of thi.s city, pmsidliuv In ihe two session during which time 65 rases are ,sluM?d for disposition. Among the cast's arc several hn- portunt damage suits, Including one in which Mrs. Sybil Phillips .seeks $25.500 from R. 0. R. Theaters, Inc., which includes the two lot-al theaters, for damages allegedly resulting to her personal health and to financial loss because of an accident in a theater June 3. 1940. The petition for judgment, filed by Attorney Frank C. Douglas, alleges tlinl the woman nccompanlod her husband to a night show and as she seated herself, "cautiously," the seat gave way on the buck, and at her left, throwing her to the floor and wedging her between Ihe seals so that she could not arise without assistance. The petition claims that Mrs. Phillips still Ls confined to her home and bed us a result imd that she hus suffered permanent Injuries, r Freight Lines Defendants Another c' is u $3,000 damage suit against Viking Freight Co., Inc., St. Louis concern, and Roy Myers, ^freight coach driver for the company, filed by Reid and Evnxrd, attorneys for O. B. Carpenter. The petition alleges that on March 22, 1940, the freight concli driven by Myers, near Holland, Mo., "swerved suddenly toward the, lett of the highway'"(No. Gl>, striking the plaintiff's automobile and overturning it, and that the coach driver "had gone for ft long period without rest previous to the accident." The defendent company, which has no office in Arkansas, has filed a motion to quash the suit on the grounds that there was no office in Arkansas and that the accident . happened in Missouri. D. V. Wicker is suing the Coca- Colu Bottling Co. of Joncsboro for Banks Will Close For Lee's Birthday The birthday of Robert R. Li?if will lull I Ills year oil Sunday, Jan. - ID, btu HlyihsvlUo bunk employes will enjoy n holiday Monday, Arkansas' U'MisliUure cnatli-d a tnousurt' making (he dale a li'gitl holiday two yum's URU, luul both local bunks ulo.sod on Ihi- holiday In 1D-10 nnd will do the .SMIIU.' this yi'ur. u day lute. 1 !-. So If you win u. to KO to the. bunk Jan. 20—don't bolhor. Jt will b<< elosi'd. Is Between Us And War. He Say? WASHINGTON, Jan. 17. (UP)—Secretary <>£ Xz§ I'rank KJIOX, culling' for "our unstinted help" to Groat Bi'i- 'uin^uut today thai only the British navy was keeping VHT Irom the Americas.' ' , r' U.S. Has Few More Ships For Britain WASHINGTON. Jan. 17. <UP) — The .supply of American merchant ships avuilubli! ,foi' sole (o Great Britain Ls about exhausted mid It, may be nine months before now vessels hnve been built here to re- plncc heavy war losses, officials said today.. The Maritime Commission Is expected within a week or two to sell the British between 15 and 20 ships from the government's laid- up freighter fleet. These mny be the last they will get here, officials said, until the first of the GO vessels 'the British • arc having built in the United States, come off the ways in Oclobcr or November. The British also arc building ships at home and in Australia and Cnmida. President Roosevelt has J urged congress to provide funds immediately to finance the construction of nl. least 200 "ugly duckling" standardized freighters for United States shipping lines. Now before the house appropriations committee, the bill/calls Tor $'.U3,000.000 The measure provides that the damages.^of $1500 as a result of Hayti. Attendants at WjalLs Hospital , said today that the injured boy' Meral Home - Burial will be in Elmand girl were resting well. The wooci cemetery at Blytheville. Jirst $10.250.000 of Highway revenue coming- Into the state each yetir would be set aside for maintenance and debt service. Of. this total 30 percent would go for maintenance And 70 percent for debt service. The .iext $2,500.000 v/ould be set aside for the construction of new roads. The next $750,000 would go for payment of bridge Improvement bonds authorized in 1939 to free toll bridges. The Senate adjourned after introduction of .the >,'!. An effort; was made in the House to send the measure to the banking committee for consideration before being brought back for amendments and final passage, but administration forces had little trouble getting enough votes to block the attempt. The House voted down u resolution to investigate management of the state prison farm system. Joe Harden, revenue commissioner, announced several m'w Em- ployes, including: George P. Lyford, Helena, chief auditor; Charles Churchwell. Walnut Ridge, head of the sales tax commission: Ben Johnson, Port Smith, chief of the gas tax commission; Houston Gean. Little Rock, superintendent of the auto tag division: J. £. Garner. Clarksville, personnel director; James Whiunore, Clarksville, head of the severance tax and Bob Ragsdnl<:. Rus. utility man in the personal'injuries'suffered when he allegedly' purchased a "coke" in Manila last Pebruary. The petition charged that broken ylass in the bottle cut his mouth badly and that he sui'i'crccl for HO days because of the accident. Jury LLsL The list of jurors includes James B. Clark. C. M. Abbott, C. W. Afflick. Fred Pleeman, W. W. McNeil, Russell Games, Guy Burks, Frank Asher. Jeff Roland, J. F. Livingston and Don Edwards, nil of Blytheville. R. C. Riggs and John Buck, of Hail" Moon; Bob Henderson, Saa\ Simmons, Dave Cranford and J. M. Stevenson, all of Dell; S. C. Dobbs and Will Anderson, both of Armorel; R. C. Rose. Roselunti; Arnold Fowler, W. M. Jolllff, C. W. Tipton and E. N. Giles, .all of Manila; George Cnssidy, Huffman: Bob Voach. Lost Cane;- T. A. Kennett. T. W. Baxley. J. W. P.Uter- son and Frank I. Noe. all of Leachville. H. W. Mahan, H. E. Long, R. E Jones. H. W. Wylic and C. F. Tucker, all of Route Two, Blytheville, and C. C. Langstpn Jr., Route One, Blytheville. Alternate jurors include Tom F. Martin. Dell; W. A. Stattler. Lost Cane; Rlley Cardeil and W. H. Groom, both of Leachville. I Expect Field And Hangars To Be Used For CAA Training School Here The City Council probably will authorize the American Legion to sub-lease the. City Airport to J. P Holland. Blytheville business man- pilot, for use in the night training work of the CAA school here, It was learned today. The Federal government sponsor* the CAA program and will pay expenses incurred In us< 1 of the airport, which has been leased to the Legion by the city the past two years. Hangar space still will be available for other plone.s after the port if sub-let, it was understood A few repairs will be 'made on hangars and at the field before the CAA takes over. Thus Blytheville is assured of an airport for another year, at least— with possibilities that the national defense pilot training program and the CAA organization possibly might later assist in increasing 1he port's si'/.c and assure its permanency here. Opponents Of Measure Believe Retiring Ambassador Will Join Fight WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, CUP)—', Opponents of President Roosevelt's' British-aid bit! were confident, to- f !ay that Joseph p. Kennedy, re- 'Irlng ambassador to Groat Bri- f.nln, would oppose it In a nationwide radio speech Saturday night. They admitted that their expec- 'ntion.s were based mostly on hope, but after Kennedy visited Mr. Roosevelt yesterday, he conferred with Son, Burton K. wheeler *p,, Mont,, louder of the congressional exposition, Wunts Kennedy's Report Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson resumed testimony on the Mil before the foreign af- r nirs committee today "nm'l.dsfc '.'Imrges by the opposition that the war department Is assuming the United Stales will be in the' war by April l and demands that the president release Kennedy's reports en conditions in Europe. ^ Stimson will be. 'followed by Sec- reM'y" 'or 'the"•' .-Navy "Frank'"' Knox who will bo questioned closely by apposition committee members 'wboiit their suspicion thnt the bill would allow the president to "give! possible." OU'ftl?" tia I'l ni< oil r\f *K». rT*i*(hnAl TT« .»-^»lt + lie released : navy department estimate* of combined axis—Ger-many, . Italy and Japan—naval strength, showing that it rlow eic- ceucU that of the United',States': by 585,000 tons; that it now: has G58 warships compared 'with; the United States' 312; that on Janu;'v ary i, 1942, it "would have 803 fighting era ft compared with . our-: 342, and that on January : ';1; 194,3, It would have 962 against 422 for. this country. '" : r ' : rh- "If the United States does tiof- wish to face the consequences 6t establishment in South ' America-df; aggressive military powers," Knox told the house foreign affairs com- r . mlttce, "svc. should now prevent- Germany from overturning'the. British .sen power which holds tn^ axis in Europe." : y Must Control Seas :'^ If the United States and .Great" Britain loses control of even part of the seas surrounding the .West^ ern hemisphere, he said, "inevitably the wars of Europe and will be transferred .to .the cas." • ••.•.''•'.'.'.. ' ; ,:.;' The committee resumed. heair-;_ ings OH Piesident R'oosevelt's. arms, lending bill with;.further^testhrionyy by Secretary of War Henry: ; L. Stitn-f/ son and then called Knox .who read; n short prepared statement. ; He called for all possible .speed, plete the projected tWo ocean' navy;•''.•• but said that in effect' th^United ;States and Great Brltiaiii "have"had- : n. L\vo-bceiuv navy berated;'.'lor ; i single ipeaccluiypurpose.'^"^.j : : :-: ; " "Because' the ;: other':pdrt..'of our; pres en t''. two •: ocean" navy- '(th c, Br lie; Lsh navy) is now in grave .danger," i he said, 'Vo need to complete our own naval program - as ' fast as ; ; part or all of the United States navy. Slimson opposed an amendment .to prohibit the transfer of navn! vc.ssels, contending that it might be u "great advantage" to transfer warships to another country. .Meanwhile, Vice? President Elect Henry A. Wullucn, submitting his last report to congress ns secretary cf agriculture, snic! that n vic- torioas Germany would launch an economic war on the United States that might be only n "prelude to l.he use against »u.s of armed force." He predicted . that with United States aid .Britain could;; hot: : be defeated, but; he said should;. the British Isles fall, we can. /only believe that' the British navy; which never runs from danger. 1 ', will" fall at the snme time. ' J : Restrictions ~: Sthnson opposed writing into. the. bill 'a prohibition against, sending the navy to war zones, "too oiie can foresee what situation might arise which might make it moat essential in the light of our bwri defense for our country to ', send I its warships into war zones," Stfcrn- Kennedy promised that in hisj radio address he would emphasize "slaying out of war." Whether that means he would oppose the inns lending bill was a matter of speculation. Its proponents say it is n means of staying out of war. [t was recalled that when he announced thnt her was going to make a radio address on the presidential campaign last fall, it was believed he might oppose Mr. Roosevelt. But he urged u third term. i son said. One out ol every live brides in England is aged 30 or more. May Sept. Chicago Wheat open high low ' close 86 3-4 ' 87 86 1-2 86 7-8 j 823-8 825-8 82 823-8! boy was injured seriously, suffering a fractured arm and cuts and lacerations. The girl was hurt less seriouslv. New York Cotton Mar. May July Oct. Dec. Jan. prev. open high low close close 1041 1043 1039 1039-40 1041 1043 1046 1042 1044 1043 1030 1033 1030 1033 1031 994 988 993 989 992 987 994 93-1 98? 987 1027 1027 1027 1023 1025 New Orleans Cotton Chicago Corn open high low close May 635-8 635-8 633-8 635-8 631-2 631-2 S3 3-3 531-2 Mar. May. July Oct. Dec. prev. open high low close close 1046 1047 1044 1045 1047 1047 1050 1044 1050 1047 1035 1044 1035 1038 1036 996 1001 994 992 996 092 999 993 996 Jan, . 1030 1030 1032 102S 1030 Pall-bearers include Tobe Bowers. B. G. Gill. Tom Martin, Marton Koehler. A. J. Lewis. Roy Lawson. A. C. Owens and Jim W',n- buvn. Whistle came to Arkansas from Kentucky in 1916, engaging in the! ~~L mercantile business at Dell. He ST - LOUIS. Jan. 17. <UP'-Two Pair Who Took Man's Car Also Brought Owner Along retired several years ago. Survivors Include six sons. W. A., C. H., A. L.. J. M., J. R. and W. C. Whistle all of Dell; two daughters. Mrs. J, L. Lewis and Mrs. J. H. Brian, both of Dell, and one brother, Bill Whistle. Owensboro, Ky. j men were held, suspected of kid- Rainfall Is .15 Inch Rainfall in Blytheville during a 24-hour period ending- at noon today was .15 inch, Cloudy skies threatened throughout the day after a thunderstorm after early today by St. Louis detectives who believed they were- mere- .Yy apprehending a stolen automobile. When they were arrested their alleged victim, Robert Dennis, 47, Caledonia, Mo., a disabled war veteran, was found sitting between them wrapped in a blanket. The kidnaping had not been reported 1 and the officers were acting on a broadcast description of a stolen few minutes. car. The two gave their names as Lawrence E. Young, 23, Poplar Bluff. Mo., and Joseph Montgomery, 20, of Irpndale, Mo., and said they had come here Monday and cvehe living in a previously rented Reports Seeing Secret German Base Near U. S. NASSAU. Bahamas, Jan. 17 (IIP) — William Alexander Sinuns, 32 year old Dayton, Ohio, oil mnu and socialite, said today he saw what jhe thought was n secret German jair bnse less than 100 miles from the U. S. nnval stntion at Guantanamo while flying in Haiti. But he added that government officials In Haiti learned of the German activities and dis|»ssessed the ostensibly farmers who were working on the project. "I suppose," Slmnis said, "that the Germans are secretly preparing these spots all through this area." Heads Army's Caribbean Unit Such a restriction clause \yas proposed by Representative George H. Tlnkham, Republican, MassiU chusetts. ' •. ^v Stimson described as "fantasti-a and preposterous" reports that thV United States might buy the royal navy if Britain falls or: allow .British warships-to operate from our ports. , ' :•' - : ' .. ' ":"; President Roosevelt declared today that many provisions" in the British aid bill are designed solely" to protect America In ; a world situation that Is shifting every ; 24 hours. He indicated that he has' no disposition to revise any of those sections, .. : room. Dennis said the pair, apparently attracted by rumors that he kept a large sum of money in his house, broke in the front door at 7 p. m. last night, entered, took his .32 caliber automatic pistol which he kept under his pillow, tore a blanket into strips, bound and gagged him and put him in the turtle-back of his coupe. They drove around Southeast Missouri Five Youths Enlist From This District; One Here Five youths, including one from Blytheville, enlisted in national defense organizations Thursday at Memphis. Navy recruits included Roland Herman Warringtoiu 17-year-old Firemen Await Alarm SoS- They Can Test New Door> City firemen had no opportunity to test'their new station doors tor. day. At 11 a.m. a 48-hour period had passed - in. which no fire calls were received, a new fireless mark for 1941, -^-v.A^ The new doors, installed Thursday, are overhead type. When"•'•;;& fire truck is ready to leave tlie station, a handle on the doors;is turned and the doors soar upward. The old doors opened outward. for several hours, he said, and flu- Blytheville student. To the Army ally headed for St. Louis. Dennis' loaded gun which one cf the men tried to kick frorn the floor of the automobile, was the only 'weapon. The two denied the kidnaping and refused to make a statement. went Win ford W. Watson, 19; Charles M. Walker, 18-year-old Illinois Minister . Will Hold Services The Rev. H. Graham of Centralia, 111., will conduct services Sunday morning and night at the Second Baptist -church,, according to. announcement inade^ioday. The morning .service will begin at 10:45 o'clock and rhe night service at 7:45 o'clock. : recently announced separate Atlantic Fleet to strengthen eastern defenses, the Army fol- , lowed suit by unifying the command of the Departments of WEATHER Arkansas — Partly clouds' and colder with .temperatures below freezing in the north, and near freezing in the .south portions. Plumber, and Paul R. Camp, 18, Puerto Rico Panama Canal , Saturday, -partly cloudy, colder In niling station attendant, all of Os- Zone and Trinida base com- - tne sxtr&ne east and extreme south Zone and Trinidad base com- ceola. A Marines enlistee was Les- mand. Lt Gen Deniel Van j portions. Memphis and vicinity, oc- ter Stanley, 19-year-old cotton mill) Voorhis, above, heads the new 'casional rains and colder tonight, employe, Keiser. command. Saturday, cloudy and colder.

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